food 4 tots

Purple sweet potatoes tong sui (dessert)

Sweet potato is one of my son’s first baby foods. Since then, it has become his all-time favourite regardless of the cooking methods. Sweet potatoes come in many colours ie purple, pink, yellow and orange. Among them, purple sweet potato is the fastest to turn soft when it is cooked. I had tried to boil colourful sweet potatoes tong sui for my family but purple sweet potato is still considered the best...

Simple pizza bread

We love pizza and always want to bring our son to eat pizza. But the strange thing is whenever we dined out, we always ended up with something else. The reason is my “emperor” only prefers authentic pizza and we are still searching for one. As I don’t have an oven now, it is impossible to make a homemade pizza. Recently I found an interesting posting at this blog about no-dough pizza bread! At...

Lentils with pumpkin and tomato

Lentil is a good source of protein but I had never seen it in the Chinese cuisine. Thus, I had decided to cook a non-spicy version of dhal for my family especially my son to try it out. With much help from an Indian friend, recipes from the internet and many personal attempts, I had finally derived at the following recipe. Ingredients:200g pumpkin (cut into chunks)50g yellow lentils (moong dal)- washed and...

Sweetened red bean paste with lotus seeds and lily bulbs

Recently I was given a packet of red beans (Azuki beans) by my cousin sister who had bought it personally from Japan. To my astonishment, these Japanese red beans are as shiny as pearls. They are totally different from those sold in the local market. Therefore, I picked this recipe to try out these beans. The results is: The paste texture is thick and very smooth. The beans were so soft that it will “melt”...

Luo Han Zhai (罗汉斋) – 1

It has become my parents’ tradition to prepare this vegetarian dish (Luo Han Zhai) on the first day of Chinese New Year. Since I got married, I have missed this dish for quite some time. This year is even worst as my whole family (hubby, son and myself) fell sick and didn’t have the chance to celebrate CNY in our hometown. When I started to do my own research on this dish, I was so confused looking...

Mashed potato with corns

Mashed potato is my hubby’s all-time favourite since he was a child. Now it has become my son’s favourite too! I love to use the sweetcorns from this soup to mix with my mashed potatoes because they are extremely juicy and delicious after absorbing all the nice flavours from the soup. Ingredients:2 potatoes2-3 tbsp butter (melted)Fresh milk½ corn-on-the-cobSpring onions (chopped) Seasonings:Salt...

ABC soup

If you are in a rush and need to cook 1 dish-meal cum soup, then this soup is the perfect choice! It is not only as easy as ABC but also a wholesome soup for the family. All of the ingredients (except for the fish bones) are edible. You can serve it with rice or pasta. Hence it is considered a “ZERO wastage” soup. Guess what have I done to the sweetcorns and potatoes in the soup? I had created another...

Beancurd seafood soup (豆腐海鲜羹)

My hubby loved this soup so much that after drinking the soup, he also took an extra portion to mix with his rice so as to give him a “braised rice” flavour. This recipe is adapted from Hawker’s Fair Simplified cookbook. Ingredients: 1 piece soft beancurd – mashed into puree (it can be substituted with egg bean curb or homemade beancurd) 1 fresh squid (about 200g) – julienned 6...

Longan + lotus seeds + lily bulbs + wolfberries “tong sui”

This dessert ( 红枣桂圆莲子百合枸杞糖水)is suitable for all seasons. It can be served hot or cold. According to this posting, the combination of lotus seeds and lily bulbs provides the equivalent effect of bird nest. My modified version is as follows: Ingredients: 20 fresh/ dried lotus seeds (I used the dried lotus seeds)2 whole pods fresh lily bulbs /20 petals dried lily bulbs (I used the fresh...

White fungus and yu zhu soup (银耳玉竹清润汤)

Under the current hot weather, it is beneficial to drink some nourishing soup. I found this recipe from here. Another similar soup without using sweetcorn can be found over here. Ingredient A:20g white fungus 银耳(washed, soaked and torn into small pieces)20g yu zhu 玉竹 (washed)20g lily bulb 百合(washed)10g red dates (removed seeds) / 15g candied dates (I used 2 big candied dates)100g carrots (washed,...
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